…a day late.
We had quite the adventure this past week. We went on a road trip to Memphis. I had great intentions to write posts about how I packed for the trip & the healthy changes we made to avoid fast food on the road. But beyond the ride down, life happened and that just doesn’t apply to this trip. Here’s the real life update…
We packed up on Monday & left Tuesday morning for Memphis. Part of John’s family is still there, as well as friends. We dropped John’s car off at a local garage for a power steering line repair & headed on our way. The kids travel well with toys & their Amazon Fire Tablets. They are a special treat & only for long car rides so they are always excited to see them! We had a picnic at a rest area & I noticed Isla had some diaper rash but didn’t think much of it. We continued on our way. The babies were in good spirits on Tuesday night when we got there & they loved swimming in their Granddad & Nonna’s pool!
Wednesday morning Isla’s rash looked worse so I called Teladoc & they prescribed a Nystatin cream. She woke up with a fever from her nap. But she seemed to recover as we lied low that day so I didn’t think much of it. She had been drooling A TON, like soaked shirt fronts, so I was thinking teeth. We had a fairly regular Thursday. She played at the park, was a bit more snuggly at the splash park, & napped fine. The Shelby Farms splash park & playground “nest” were a hit & the kids LOVED them!
Later on that evening, I noticed she was whimpering when she would cough (like a little clear your throat cough) or swallowed certain things. I started to worry about hand, foot, & mouth as I read more about short fevers with sore throats. Now I’m starting to panic because I know it’s contagious & her brothers are bound to get it with all the cup swapping & food sharing they do. I’m ready to head home to beat the boys getting sick because I just know we’ll be better off at home, in our own space, & able to feel crummy around their own things.
I discussed it with John but he wasn’t ready to end the trip. We put the babies down to bed & they went to sleep just fine. We went to bed later on and I ended up putting Isla in bed with us because she was crying & shifting around a lot. I could tell her mouth was really bugging her. We slept. At 4:50am I hear Thomas crying. I thought I’ll check on him & we can lay down on the office couch together because Isla is safe here with John. I picked up Thomas and he was burning up. I didn’t even take his temp, just gave him Motrin and we laid down. I knew he was getting what Isla had. I thought I’m going to have to tell John we need to leave. They are all getting sick for sure now. ((That’s always the way I feel about it with 3 kids. If 2/3 have it. It’s gonna be all of them so better to just hunker down & prepare.))
Thomas and I laid down. He snuggled in. He started to do what I thought was shiver. I pulled the blanket up more thinking his fever must be giving him chills. It was so dark. He kept shaking. I thought this isn’t stopping…oh my, is this a seizure? I shined my phone light on him & I knew right away. His eyes were rolled upward & he was making a strange noise. He just shook so much. I had heard of febrile seizures before in a student’s seizure plan & I figured that was what was happening. Thank goodness I knew about it or I would have been much less helpful to him, I’m sure. I stayed there, laying by him while he shook & kept him on his side, sort of on me. He threw up his Motrin. It lasted about 2-3 minutes but I was sure it was 10. It felt like forever. Once he slowed down and wasn’t shaking I laid him down on his side and ran to get John.
Thomas and I were in the office where Declan was sleeping quietly in a pack n play. I kept thinking we can’t wake up the other kids, even though I knew this was urgent. I just knew if they woke & started screaming the chaos would be much worse. John ran to get cool, wet towels, & places them on Thomas forehead and chest. He woke up his dad & step-mom so they knew what was going on & that we needed to call 911. Even though Thomas wasn’t seizing anymore he just looked awful. He was rigid, laying on his side & whimpering. He wouldn’t respond & his eyes were tightly shut. The whole thing took him 20 minutes to come out of & it was terrifying. 911 arrived & they took us to a pediatric ER. John followed along in our car.
I’m so glad they took us there because the doctor was fast, kind, & incredibly informative. He confirmed that it was a febrile seizure. He said that they are essentially a phenomenon. They used to think that it had to do with the height of the temperature or how fast the fever came on but it’s not necessarily true. Thomas’ temp was 102. It wasn’t even what would have alerted me as high enough got a problem! His risk of seizure again is higher but only by 0.5% but his risk of a febrile seizure is there. They don’t know why but kids who have them between 6 months & 6 years old can have them again with other fevers. Some kids only ever have 1. Some have more. We’ll just have to keep an eye on him if he’s feverish & give him fever reducers.
They didn’t keep T long & they explained that with Hand Foot & Mouth (the doctor confirmed it by checking out Thomas’ throat) they can’t do much so just control the fever with Tylenol & Motrin. I didn’t know you could give them within doses so that was helpful info! We’ve been giving Motrin & Tylenol on a 3 hr rotation for all 3 since we left the hospital. They gave use some emergency seizure medicine in case he were to have another and we heading back to John’s dad’s house. I knew then we were going home. I told John & he agreed. We got back & packed right up. He had arrived at the hospital at 6am, left by 7:30, back to the house by 8:15 & we were heading back to Illinois by 9am. Whirlwind morning to say the least.
Our drive back was uneventful & the kids were all feverish on the ride back so they slept a lot! It was probably a good time to travel since they were sleepy & sick. We made a few stops but they weren’t very hungry & we really had to work to get them to drink with their sore throats. They got home & lit up. They were so happy to be back in their space & had more energy than I’d seen all week!
They woke up fever free this morning with a rash on their mouths so hopefully the fever part is over. Their mouths hurt & they are still taking Motrin & Tylenol so they can eat. Their hands and feet are fairly clear for now. Isla has some blisters.
Kids getting sick is unavoidable but sure is tough with 3 the same age because they share a lot of the illnesses and they all have trouble understanding why they can’t have unlimited cuddle time. It’s times like that the mom guilt kicks in & you feel bad they are a triplet.
Amidst all of this craziness, the babies had their 1/2 birthday! I cannot believe their are 18 months now & each day takes us further from 1 year old & closer to 2! They are such sweeties & getting so much personality as they get older!